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Spain > Expat Experiences


Alan and Clare Baxter, Fuente Vera

Sunday December 11, 2011 (03:55:42)
Give us a kiss!

We lived in South Lincolnshire prior to our move to Spain, where we bred Pygmy goats. We had the largest breeding herd in the UK, and it was the building up of that over 6 years that gave us the income to sell up and move to Spain. We live in a little village, Fuente Vera, which is approximately 16kms from the beautiful whitewashed village of Castril de la Pena, in the Granada region of Andalucia.

We moved here in February 2005, after selling our smallholding in the UK. My husband Alan has osteo arthritis in his lower spine, and as a degenerative condition we were aware that it will not improve, but we thought that moving to a warmer drier climate, it would help. We came over on a 12 day holiday during the summer of 2004, having never been to Spain before. After spending the whole 12 days driving around, Alan was amazed that he was relatively pain free. In the UK we could hardly drive two hours away to visit family without him being unable to stand or straighten up for some time after the journey. His treatment consisted of 3 monthly epidural injections for the pain, plus increasing amounts of strong medication which left him at times almost like a junkie!    more ...

Spain > Expat Experiences


Steve and Mags Harding, Malaga

Sunday December 11, 2011 (03:46:26)
Our house

We are Steve and Mags (Margaret) Harding. We are both in our mid 50’s and both held full time jobs in the UK, which we gave up to move to Spain.

We have a Spanish horse (Enrico - meaning ‘rich’ or wealthy - called Rico for short), a Cocker Spaniel dog (Cokey) he is a Spanish rescue animal who had been left for dead in a car park, a cat (Chico) a gift to Mags from the local garden centre, and 4 chickens. We sold our UK property in order to finance our Spanish purchase.

We live in the Malaga (southern) region of Spain. This area is also known as Andalucía (Andalusia in English). We purchased a house here in May 2005 because we had made a conscious decision that it was time to move from the UK on a permanent basis. One of the main reasons that we moved was that we were unimpressed with the British weather and the direction in which it seems to be moving (i.e. wetter for longer periods of the year). We are both outdoor people who love being out in the garden or countryside.    more ...

Spain > Expat Experiences


John and Joyce Bowlings, Almeria

Sunday December 11, 2011 (03:35:59)
Our two villas

We are the Bowlings, John, Joyce, and the dogs. We always planned to retire early, sell up our house in Barnsley Yorkshire, build a house in Spain and move permanently to Spain to become Residents. We wanted the better climate, the outdoor living, the lower cost of living and all things Spanish.

We never wore “Rose tinted Glasses”. We did all the necessary research- Property shows, exploratory visits to Spain, finding reputable agents etc. We read “You and the Law in Spain” by Searle from front to back and understood the risks. We found a reputable Spanish qualified lawyer who spoke English who was not connected to the local scene and who was a Member of the Notaries Society. We felt nothing was left to chance.    more ...